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*NEWS*CANON:CAUGHT STEALING TRADE PATENTS

 user 2006-05-04 at 10:32:00 am Views: 64
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    St. Clair Settles Patent Litigation with Canon
    MINNEAPOLIS,
    Minn., May 06– St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, Inc.
    announces that it has resolved its patent dispute with Canon Inc. and
    Canon U.S.A., Inc. (Canon).
    On February 28, 2003, St. Clair sued
    Canon in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
    charging Canon with infringing four patents covering digital camera
    technology. The case proceeded to trial and on October 8, 2004 a jury
    awarded St. Clair $34.7 million in damages.On March 17, 2006, St. Clair
    and Canon entered into a Settlement Agreement that resolves the
    litigation between them. The settlement includes a payment from Canon
    to St. Clair. Canon also waived its claim that St. Clair does not own
    the patents. All other terms of the Agreement are confidential.
    In a
    separate development, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in
    response to a request to reexamine the patents, reaffirmed the
    patentability of all claims of the patents.
    St. Clair is represented
    by Ronald J. Schutz, Chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation
    Practice Group at the national law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller &
    Ciresi L.L.P., which, in January 2004, was named by the American Lawyer
    as having the Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year.
    St.
    Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, Inc. is based in Grosse
    Pointe, Michigan. St. Clair is engaged in intellectual property
    development and licensing. Other licensees of St. Clair for the patents
    asserted against Canon include: Sony Corporation, Nikon Corporation,
    Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., Konica-Minolta, Seiko Epson Corporation,
    Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Kyocera Corporation, Pentax Corporation, and
    Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd.